Davies solid as Brewers beat Padres 5-0
SAN DIEGO (AP) Zach Davies continues to impress his new team.
Davies (3-2) pitched seven innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 on Wednesday night.
In his sixth start since being acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, Davies did not allow a run for a second consecutive outing. He struck out six, walked two and finished the season with 15 straight scoreless innings.
”It’s awesome,” Davies said. ”It happens, but I was just making sure I was going deeper into games later on here toward the end. It was good getting deep into six and seven innings.”
Hernan Perez and Martin Maldonado drove in two runs each in the Brewers’ five-run sixth inning. Perez and Maldonado had two hits apiece.
”It was a move-the-line type of inning,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ”We just kept moving the line. We hit a lot of hard ground balls through the infield, and we had some good at-bats in that inning.”
The shutout is the seventh of the season for Milwaukee, which has won five of its last seven games.
”Zach had two just great starts,” Counsell said. ”It was Zach doing what he is good at. I think knowing what he can do to be successful at and he pitches his game. It’s a really positive sign.”
San Diego starter Andrew Cashner (6-16) struck out four of the first five batters in the game, but left after allowing five consecutive hitters to reach in the fifth. He gave up five runs and nine hits, while striking out seven and walking two.
”I don’t think I had any really bad pitch selection,” Cashner said. ”It was four ground balls and I did what I really wanted to do. But that kind of sums up the season, the way it has been.”
Padres outfielder Justin Upton left the game in the first inning after crashing into the wall while fielding a ground ball near the third base line. Upton remained on the ground following the collision and was helped off the field.
”He was checked out and everything looks fine,” Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said. ”Nothing major. A neck strain. I don’t know how sore he is going to be tomorrow.”
San Diego has lost three straight and four of five, and was shut out for the 19th time this season.
”It’s been a tough September,” Murphy said. ”The times we had opportunities we didn’t get the big hit.”
Padres: OF Matt Kemp (finger) will need 4-to-6 weeks to recover from a right middle finger strain and will not play again this season.
Brewers: RHP Taylor Jungmann (9-7, 3.64) lost his last start in St. Louis after allowing six runs in five innings. He has not won a start since Sept. 3 against Pittsburgh.
Padres: RHP Ian Kennedy (8-15, 4.38) takes the mound for San Diego following an outing in which he allowed four runs over five innings to San Francisco but did not factor in the decision. Kennedy has lost four straight.